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Cyclist killed by suspected drunk driver in Echo Park

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ECHO PARK — A 27-year-old cyclist was killed this weekend in the southern section of Echo Park after being struck by an alleged drunk driver who was speeding at about 60 miles per hour on surface streets, police said.

Cruz Tzoc, 22, of Los Angeles, was booked for murder. Tzoc was found to be under the influence of alcohol at more than twice the legal limit, according to the LAPD Central Traffic Division.

The name of the cyclist, who was struck near the intersection of Temple Street and N. Burlington Avenue on Saturday, April 23 at about 6:15 p.m., was not released pending notification of kin.

According to police, Tzoc was speeding northbound on Burlington when he lost control and struck a parked vehicle. But he continued driving before hitting the bicyclist riding east on Temple Street, police said.

“Prior to the collision, Tzoc was seen driving at a high rate of speed just two blocks from the collision scene by an on-duty sergeant assigned to the Rampart Area,” according to a police statement. “The sergeant attempted to catch up to Tzoc and momentarily lost sight of the vehicle. Shortly after, the sergeant heard the collision and saw the aftermath of the collision. At that point, the sergeant took Tzoc in custody.”

Anyone with information about the crash is  asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detective Felix Padilla at (213) 833-3713 or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 833-3746. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).

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3 comments

  1. On Sunday afternoon, I witnessed the truck careening down the street at a high speed, sideswiping an ice cream truck, then swerving down toward Temple Street, hitting a car then a street tree – hearing two loud booming sounds. The scene was shocking and surreal. A body lay in the middle of the intersection and two people attempted to administer CPR. Police and firefighters were soon at the scene with a helicopter hovering above. The victim’s friend was distraught sitting on the curb dazed and in total disbelief. The paramedics eventually placed a white sheet over the lifeless body. Sad and heartbreaking: I am saddened and angry that an innocent person’s life was taken away by a drunk driver who had no care for the lives of the children, youth, seniors and hardworking families who live in this quiet neighborhood. Many more innocent lives could have been lost but luckily were spared. Special thanks to the men and women of LAPD and LA Fire Dept. who did their job magnificently with the highest level of professionalism. LAPD did take the driver into custody; he was clearly inebriated. Pray for the victim and his family.

    • Sorry you had to witness such a tragedy.
      My condolences and peaceful vibes to family and friends of this young soul .

  2. I am a friend of the victim.

    His death was senseless. It could have easily been prevented. I am going to do whatever I can to spread awareness about driving drunk.

    Cruz Tzoc, what a waste of life you have. So much so that you had to end someone else’s. A friend. An artist. A wonderful human being who bright smiles to every room he entered. I hope you can learn to become a better person in prison, because clearly being given the luxury of freedom was too much for you to handle.

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